Mr. M and I searched high and low prior to our 2nd wedding planning trip to Montreal back in July--we needed a venue capable of hosting at least 100 people that had inexpensive food and beverage options. It was actually quite difficult to find a place that met this criteria, so when I finally came across a large micro-brewery in Old Montreal (which is only 4 blocks from the hotel where we're getting married--huge bonus points there), I reallly hoped it would work out.
The bar is called Les 3 Brasseurs (or The 3 Brewers in English) and is deceptively larger on the inside than it looks from outside. When we met with the event director there, we learned that it was actually large enough to host over 400 people! Large venue? Check. The place is SUPER cool on the inside--they brew their own beers so the huge brew tanks are visible all throughout the interior.
|The bar's exterior / Image via Flickr.com|
|Huge brew tanks / Image via HouseNumbers.ca|
|The upstairs bar / Image via QDG.ca|
For the menu, we've decided on a mix of flamms (which are like super thin-crust pizzas), poutine (fries covered in cheese and gravy, a Quebec staple), chicken wings, a few veggie plates and salads. Also, we can order more food as the night goes on in case we run out.
Another bonus to hosting the welcome dinner here is that Mr. M is quite the lover of beer (after all, he is from Wisconsin). This will appeal to MANY of our guests who are also beer "connoisseurs". While I am NOT a fan of beer, they have an awesome hard cider that was delicious and of course tons of wine. A win-win overall!
How many people will you have at your rehearsal (or welcome) dinner? Are you opting for a more casual event?